Resilient Urban Neighbourhood Model
Lukhanyo Hub is a mixed-use transversal project comprising the research, design, and implementation of a catalytic model for inclusive urban upgrading and development, improving lives and having a social and economic impact for the long term. Together with RCDC, OKRA has developed a model of urban development called the Resilient Neighbourhood Model. According to this model, the Lukhanyo Hub is gradually developed in collaboration with the Intlanganiso School and the local community.
During the last years on the school’s land in Cape Town’s largest township, a sports field has been created, and an urban farm is installed. Following OKRA’s vision, RCDC aims to change this area into a green hub, providing social functions for the neighbourhood. Recently a new piece of the project has been completed. It consists of a hydroponic and aquaponic system linked to rainwater collection. The installation aims to improve water resilience and reduce water costs while promoting engagement and healthy learning.
We want more trees!
The Lukhanyo Hub can become a green area for education, sports, urban farming and become a real community centre by planting many trees. In November last year, the schoolchildren were already planting some small trees together with the Dutch consul. In February 2020, we planted another 24 trees and 90 lavender plants, thanks to the donations for our mission. It would be great if one big tree became an ubuntu tree, where children and other people come together. Ubuntu means being generous, hospitable, kind, caring and compassionate. It’s the idea of sharing what you have.